HS2 Route Announcement - 2017

In a surprise early announcement from the Government on Monday (17/7/2017) they said

Having carefully considered all the points made by respondents, the Secretary of State has decided to not adopt the change proposed in November 2016. The Secretary of State has decided instead to confirm a modified version of the 2013 route, which would be moved approximately 80m to the east of the 2013 route and more closely follows the A42, a section of which would need to be realigned near Measham.

The report on the consultation submissions says that they received 588 responses opposing the reroute and 50 supporting it.

It is clear that they listened to our evidence about all the damage that the proposed re-reroute would have had. This included direct impact on 36 businesses and 680 employees, increased noise and visual impact, fragmenting the countryside and trapping Appleby and Measham between the motorway and HS2, involving a longer crossing of the Mease Special Area of Conservation risking environmental damage, affecting the setting of two Conservation Areas and the listed Grade 1 Sir John Moore Foundation building and Grade 2* Church in Packington, noise and dust impact on 5 primary schools in all 4 communities, running alongside the Measham cemetery, disrupting the canal crossing and affecting many houses.

Mapa HS2 Action researched and presented this case. We also helped supporters to make their concerns known. We argued against the changed route but did not promote an alternative route. We know that most of our supporters do not see the value of HS2 wherever it goes and that all routes will affect some people. The route now chosen will still come close to Austrey and Packington and will impact seriously on those on the west of Measham. The construction and operation of HS2 will affect all our villages adversely in the future. We are also aware of the detrimental impact on so many residents and businesses on both sides of the villages who thought they knew what was happening for 3 years up to November 2016, and then faced uncertainty, and now have another changed decision.

The main route announcement in parliament

The link to the full document (with reasons for decisions) is at:



Route refinemement consultation 2016 - Measham route decision - download

Route refinement consultation 2016 - summary of consultation responses - download

Overview detail maps:

Austrey-Appleby - download

Measham-Packington - download

Details of the compensation scheme for home owners

Whether one is eligible is dependent on where the property is in relation to the various bands.

Unfortunately the government do not seem to have taken any notice of the many concerns expressed in response to the consultation about the property compensation scheme.

You can find the report about this here.


Claim compensation if your property is affected by HS2 - download

Property Schemes map - download

Safeguarding map - download